To evaluate the app development cost, we take a few factors into account:
- Type: hybrid/native (or Flutter)
- Platform: iOS/Android
- Complexity of features
- UI/UX design: native or custom
- Developers and their location
And I’m going to flesh each of these factors out.
Starting with an iOS app? Does your audience like Android more? Or maybe you're aiming at both the platforms? Before picking the platform, app owners study iOS and Android market share, device fragmentation, and prevalence.
Sure, mobile app development differs for Android and iOS. They take over different programming languages (Swift and Objective-C for iOS, Java and Kotlin for Android), have different SDKs and require different tools.
And when it comes to app development costs, there's got to be a large price difference.
Actually, it's not large at all. If you're building an app for one platform – iOS or Android – there's no big price discrepancy in app dev cost. For example, devs need about 456-654 hours to
develop an app like Tinder for iOS. While its Android version takes 459-660 hours.
But if you're aiming at both, get ready to pay more for
mobile app development services.
If you're on a budget, opting for a cross-platform or hybrid app is a way out. Here's why. Generally, you need both iOS and Android devs to cover two platforms. So the mobile app cost is doubled. If an app is hybrid, there's just one team working on it.
Hybrid apps, native apps, and Flutter
Let’s start with the basics.
If an app suits the guidelines of a specific OS, it's called native. That's why you need two separate apps: one for each platform.
Hybrid or cross-platform apps work across multiple OS, which means app development expenses can be cut in two. The maintenance also costs less if a single code works for all platforms. Still, cross-platform apps are less optimized, they lack access to APIs and can't provide native user experience.
Flutter allows programmers to code once and then use the same code for application development on both the Android and iOS platforms. By opting for a Flutter project, you can comparatively bring down the price to create an app up to 60%.
Let’s take a couple well-known apps to see how.